We live in an apartment where air conditioners are one of the items banned in our lease because the electrical system in our building is wholly inadequate for the power needs of a 21st century American.
Put another way… I live in a neighborhood that’s ghettofabulous and the landlord couldn’t be bothered to actually do anything to improve the building, also half of the tenants blatantly ignore the air conditioner ban… so thus far this year, we’ve been dealing with the power being knocked off several times a day when breakers trip because god only knows how this building is wired. (On the positive, we don’t pay for electric… so I guess beggars can’t be choosers).
That said, it’s been HOT lately… but I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to beat the heat.
Wet hand towels are your best friend.
One of the things I noticed as I’ve wandered around my neighborhood is that a lot of the men walk around with wet towels or washcloths on their head. It looks incredibly silly, but you know what? I think they’re onto something… it feels fantastic!
The optimal size for this is a hand towel of some sort, run the towel under cold water, wring out all of the excess water so you have a cool damp towel, and then… put it on the hot parts of your body. I usually put it around my neck like a scarf, though I’ve been known to shove one down my shirt every now and then.